Friday, July 16, 2010

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U.S. Supreme Court makes two pro-LGBT rulings

"The U.S. Supreme Court made pro-LGBT rulings in two cases during the final week of its term, which ended Monday," reports Chris Johnson. "Justices ruled in favor of the constitutionality of a California law school’s non-discrimination policy as well as state disclosure laws that would make public the names of those who signed a petition to put an anti-gay referendum on the Washington State ballot." READ MORE

Sexy Tom Hopper covers Gay Times magazine

British actor Tom Hopper (Doctor Who) spoke to Gay Times magazine about having gay fans:
“I think gay fans are better than any kind of fan, than any demographic," he said. "A gay fan base is probably one of the most loyal, you don’t shut it away and I embrace it. I have so many gay mates, so many, if they wanna look at me in this and read about me and do whatever they wanna do then perfect, great.”
How does Tom feel when he's hit on by other guys? He said:
“When it comes to guys, I don’t really think about it, if it happens it happens. I am a bit of a flirt though. I do flirt with guys just for a laugh and its fun, it’s just like chatting. I’m never closed off to anything. I’m never uncomfortable about things like that because I don’t see the point.”

Bonus pics of the hunky Brit:

Texas filmmaker makes documentary on Rainbow Lounge raid

"In the days after the controversial Rainbow Lounge raid in Fort Worth last June, LGBT activists and their allies took to the streets of Dallas, Fort Worth and beyond. But unbeknownst to filmmaker Robert Camina, he was about to embark on a year-long journey that would result in his first full-length film-and first documentary," writes Michelle Parsons. "The San Antonio native wasn’t ready for how the incident affected him. He quickly learned, however, even in a conservative town that is more akin to cattle roping than equal rights for gays, change is possible. Camina chronicles the controversial raid on the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth and subsequent fallout in his first documentary that is slated for release in November.

Filmmaker Robert Camina talked with EDGE about how the raid impacted him and how he hopes his documentary will impact those who watch it. Read the full interview here. The film is due out in November. Please visit for more information.

90210 reaches new low, plans to 'out' male character next season

A major character on 90210 is about to come out of the closet," reports TV Fanatic. "In news that producers swear isn't just another ratings-inspired stunt - we're looking at you, Adrianna and Gia! - It will be either Liam (played by Matt Lanter), Navid (played by Michael Stiger) or Teddy (played by Trevor Donovan)."

"We didn't think it was possible for a show to be more contrived than The Hills, but 90210 is out to prove us wrong. Heading into its third season, this modest CW hit is desperate for ratings... [and] is making a last-ditch effort for relevancy... by turning a male character gay," reports Hollywood Gossip. "It can pretend as if it's dealing with real teenage issues here, but the truth is that 90210 is just exploiting homosexuality and using it to seem edgy." READ MORE

The announcement that a male character (who was played as a straight guy) coming out as gay does seems to be a stunt. I checked out a few episodes of 90210 because I like actor, Trevor Donovan. It would be great to see him play a fully realized gay character, but I don't think the writing on this show is sophisticated enough to achieve that - perhaps I will be proven wrong.

'When you care enough to send the very best', DON'T send this Hallmark card!

"When we first spotted this card, its face was so blank that we assumed it was just the cardboard piece at the rear of the rack. This is actually Hallmark's attempt at a card congratulating you on your same-sex nuptials," writes Peter Rugg. "This drab little salutation, looks ashamed of its own existence, a dirty secret carefully avoiding any color -- or any gender-specific pronouns. We'll believe Hallmark's cool with homosexuals when we see a congratulatory card with one man in a tuxedo carrying another over a threshold."

Actress Trey Anthony: 'I'm not quite ready to be a dyke with a tyke'

"For years, being queer has allowed me to bypass the annoying baby bullet question. Because when I announced I was queer, that announcement pretty much confirmed to my family that this womb was now out of service. But a few baby-happy lesbians messed that up for me, and I am now surrounded by endless gay friends popping out babies by the dozen or taking a trip to the local Children’s Aid Society to adopt. The single, queer, independent, happy, funky, cool, artist (i.e., me) is now a dying breed," writes actress and playwright, Trey Anthony. Of course, this baby-booming epidemic in the queer community has not escaped my grandmother or my mother. Upon seeing the new bundle of joy of my two favourite lezzy friends, my grandmother declared, “Trey why don’t you just go tomorrow to where they went and go and get a baby!”

LOL... Poor, Trey!

Continue reading 'Not quite ready to be a dyke with a tyke'.

Patrick Flueger is a shirtless scoundrel

Actor, Patrick Flueger, probably best known as Shawn Farrell in The 4400, has a new TV show called, Scoundrels. In this ABC dramedy, Flueger plays twin brothers Logan and Calvin "Cal" West. One twin is clean cut (Logan) and the other shaggy-haired (Cal). I checked out the first two episodes - it's a pleasant enough summertime TV diversion. Flueger's shaggy-haired wig is awful but he still manages to be hot - not an easy feat!

Study: Gays are more avid blog readers, social network users

"A new national survey carried out by market research firm Harris Interactive suggests gay and lesbian adults online today are among the most loyal and most frequent blog readers and social network users in the United States," reports Robin Wauters. "According to Harris Interactive, more than half (54%) of gay men and lesbian respondents report reading some type of blog, compared to only 40% of heterosexuals. When it comes to the types of blogs popular with Americans, the survey found 36% of gay and lesbian adults read news blogs, compared to 25% of heterosexual adults. A quarter (25%) of gay and lesbian adults also read entertainment and pop culture blogs, compared to merely 16% of heterosexuals." READ MORE

Mike Ruiz: Hard-working man

Photographer/model/director, Mike Ruiz leads a charmed life. His photography work has covered Instinct, Vanity Fair, Italian Elle and Spanish Vogue. In 2007, Ruiz made his directorial debut with Starrbooty starring RuPaul. More recently he was a judge on Canada's Next Top Model. In an interview with Craig Rogers (, Ruiz reveals that "[he] did not always have such a glamorous life. It was a long struggle on his way to the top. He grew up in the rough town of Repentigny, Quebec."

Craig Rogers writes:
“I don’t want to paint a gloomy picture of it because actually molded me into who I am but it was rough. [It was a] very intolerant, blue-collar, lower-income, completely white neighborhood. I was the most ethnic person for a hundred miles,” Ruiz said.

“My mother is French Canadian and my father is Spanish,” he said. “[My father’s] great-grandmother was from Spain, but she immigrated to the Philippines. That is where my grandfather was born and raised and then he moved to the U.S., where he married an American woman. That is where my father was conceived,” Ruiz said. He is fluent in English, French, and he can “get by” in Spanish. We never spoke Spanish growing up. I know what I know from learning it in school and from being in Miami.”

Knowing that he wanted to be as creative as he could, it took a while for Ruiz to find an outlet. As a young adult, he was still trying to discover his way through life after breaking into modeling, acting and even waiting tables and doing retail work in order to get by, when he received the camera that changed his entire life.

“I originally moved from my little suburban hometown when I was 19. I moved into the big city of Montreal, where I started modeling and going whatever I could to get by,” Ruiz said. READ MORE

Joan Collins: 'Bette Davis Hated Me'

“Even when I first went to Hollywood as a young girl. And there were a lot of terrible people in that town, let me tell you... I worked with Bette Davis on one movie. There were other young girls in the film, and we all got on. But Bette Davis hated the lot of us, probably because we were all so young... She would always be sneaking after us, lurking around in the shadows to discover what we were up to. We’d just giggle, though.”

Screen siren, Joan Collins on working with legendary film diva, Bette Davis

New study documents media's servitude to U.S. Government

"A newly released study from students at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government provides the latest evidence of how thoroughly devoted the American establishment media is to amplifying and serving (rather than checking) government officials."

Glenn Greenwald reports:
As always, the American establishment media is simply following in the path of the U.S. Government (which is why it's the "establishment media"): the U.S. itself long condemned waterboarding as "torture" and even prosecuted it as such, only to suddenly turn around and declare it not to be so once it began using the tactic. That's exactly when the when there occurred, as the study puts it, "a significant and sudden shift in how newspapers characterized waterboading." As the U.S. Government goes, so goes our establishment media.

None of this is a surprise, of course. I and others many times have anecdotally documented that the U.S. media completely changes how it talks about something (or how often) based on who is doing it ("torture" when the Bad Countries do it but some soothing euphemism when the U.S. does it; continuous focus when something bad is done to Americans but a virtual news blackout when done by the U.S., etc.). Nor is this an accident, but is quite deliberate: media outlets such as the NYT, The Washington Post and NPR explicitly adopted policies to ban the use of the word "torture" for techniques the U.S. Government had authorized once government officials announced it should not be called "torture."

We don't need a state-run media because our media outlets volunteer for the task. READ MORE

Jason Lewis: Blonde Ambition

"I could give you a list of people... but off the top of my head I would say Clint Eastwood or Guillermo Del Toro... I prefer to work in film because you have more time with the material as an actor."
Actor Jason Lewis (Sex and the City, Brothers & Sisters) on directors he'd like to work with.

Hudson Taylor wrestles for gay rights

"Hudson Taylor – one of the top 197-pound college wrestlers in the country – chastises his University of Maryland teammates whenever they use anti-gay language. This season – as a senior – Taylor put the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) logo on his headgear. It was a difficult decision, and did not sit well with teammates. With regret, he removed the sticker. How gay is he? Not at all. He and his girlfriend will be married next year, when she finishes law school," writes Dan Woog. "Taylor is rarer in college sports than even openly gay athletes. He’s a strong male supporter of LGBT civil rights, someone who talks the talk, walks the walk, and does it in a sport so misunderstood that wrestlers often feel compelled to flaunt their own masculinity – by putting down others. Inevitably, people call Taylor a closet case. He doesn’t care. He traces his open-mindedness to his non-judgmental parents." READ MORE